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Mobile-related technologies for the past week, in 3 (or almost) words: In-App Payment, Verso, Power

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  1. 1. 1 THE WEEK IN 3 WORDS
  2. 2. 2 WEEK #21
  3. 3. IN-APP PAYMENT 3
  4. 4. 4 Back to the basics: Bubbly, a voice-based messaging application, has introduced a payment solution that does not require a credit card. Their secret? Simply use the operator’s bill! 10 years ago, the only way to make end-user pay for mobile services was through their operator bill. The operator, as Apple or Google today, took their share and repaid the service providers. It seems quite clever to rely back on this old trick to make in-app payment available for end-users like kids or Android users that do not have to give their credit card information to configure their smartphone.
  5. 5. VERSO 5
  6. 6. 6 On the recto, a smartphone or a tablet is a huge touch-screen, a few buttons and a tiny camera. On the verso, though, apart a camera, it’s basically plastic and a logo, sometime both quite ugly… There are cases to hide them, but it’s usually not much more than more plastic. This makes come to an end, because innovative companies have decided to colonize the rear back of smartphones to make them worse something! Thus, UK startup Cliq wants to provide extra buttons to users to setup some shortcuts for their device features. Given the success of personalized cases for smartphones, giving them some extra power looks like a very bright idea. Plenty Little
  7. 7. POWER 7
  8. 8. 8 Be green, use solar energy! Charging small electric devices with solar captor that transform solar energy into electricity is a quite proven technology nowadays. More interesting are the approaches that consist in integrating such solar captor directly into a display touch- screen. Such a technology has been introduced a few years ago by a French company, called Wysips, and is now a patent owned by Apple. Will the next iPhone be solar?